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Choosing job over alimony may be wise

Divorce can be a difficult experience both emotionally and financially and can have long-term consequences for an individual. Some people in Connecticut may consider not accepting a job offer during the divorce process because they fear it will hurt their chances of getting alimony following the marital split-up. If possible, however, it is wise to accept the job in this situation for a couple of reasons.

First, courts are starting to shy away from awarding long-term alimony. They instead are looking at alimony as more of a short-term solution designed to help spouses return to work. It is wise to talk to a legal professional about how much one might get in alimony, keeping in mind that alimony in many cases is taxable as income.

It is wise to compare whether or not the amount one will receive at a new job will be higher than the alimony amount one will get. However, it is prudent to additionally factor in the financial benefit that a career offers long-term since it pays until a person retires. Alimony, on the contrary, may last just a few years. It is best for people to avoiding cutting their finances in order to get more alimony in the short term as this may hurt their resumes and careers over the long haul.

In order to ensure success when going through divorce, an individual needs to be knowledgeable about his or her rights. If two divorcing individuals are able to negotiate on how their assets are divided and on matters such as alimony, they can avoid further court intrusion. Otherwise, a Connecticut court will have to get involved and make these critical decisions for the couple.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Top 6 Reasons You Should Take the Job Despite Your Divorce", Morghan Leia Richardson, Aug. 5, 2015

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